CAN (ON): WSPS studies promote evidence-based decision making in Ontario

Ontario greenhouse and other agriculture workers are at great risk — experiencing higher lost-time injury rates than any other Schedule 1 sector over the last six years, according to a WSIB report.

Data tells us that most of these injuries occur as a result of contact with equipment or exertion, but the numbers alone cannot express the day-to-day realities of greenhouse workers. The truth is, these workers are afraid of falling.

New approach
“The good news is that injury rates in this sector have declined over time; however, they still lag behind others,” according to Dean Anderson, strategic adviser of agricultural initiatives at Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) in Toronto.

“You could chalk this up to a general lack of awareness to health and safety risks and obligations, but I believe it’s more a result of how we approach prevention.”

So, in an attempt to get different results, a different approach was taken.

Read the full article at OHS Canada

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